George Usher Smith

27 March 1842–21 May 1918 (Age 76)
High Etherley, Durham, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of George Usher

When George Usher Smith was born on 27 March 1842, in High Etherley, Durham, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Watkin Smith, was 29 and his mother, Mary Ann Usher, was 30. He married Matilda Sarah Farnes on 16 October 1864, in Cache, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Lewiston, Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States in 1880 and Gallatin, Montana, United States in 1920. He died on 21 May 1918, in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho, United States.

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George Usher Smith
Matilda Sarah Farnes
Marriage: 16 October 1864
George William Smith
Thomas Edward Smith
Lorenzo Farnes Smith
Matilda Ann Smith
Jane McKenzie Smith
Eugene Warren Smith
Rachel Francis Smith
Alice Gertrude Smith
Fannie Violet Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    16 October 1864Cache, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 4
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1854 · The Crimean War
    Age 12
    The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
    Age 21
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    History of Jane McKenzy Smith Stevenson Dean

    As told to Faye H. Hammond Typed March 15, 1963 My father, George Usher Smith, was born in Durham, England, in 1840. My Mother Matilda Sarah Farnes Smith was born in Essex, England. Her mother was …

    Sources (35)

    • George U Smith in entry for George William Smith, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • George Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
    • George Usher Smith in entry for Lorenzo Farnes Smith, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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